England close in on victory at Ageas Bowl

Gary Ballance and Alastair Cook helped England extend their lead. Picture: Robin Jones
Gary Ballance and Alastair Cook helped England extend their lead. Picture: Robin Jones
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England need just six more wickets to claim victory over India in the third Test at the Ageas Bowl.

A run out, two wickets for Moeen Ali and one for Joe Root reduced the tourists to 112 for four in their second innings at the close of play on day four.

It now looks a matter of when, not if, England will square the five-match series at 1-1 with India still needing a further 333 for an unlikely win.

India resumed their first innings on 323 for eight this morning and it took England just 21 minutes to wrap up the innings.

Jimmy Anderson grabbed both wickets to return figures of five for 53 before Alastair Cook chose not to enforce the follow-on.

Instead, England rattled up 205 for four in 40.4 overs – Cook notching 70 not out – before declaring shortly before tea with India requiring 445 for victory.